TCU finally lost, all is right in the world, right? Eh, probably not.
The Big 12 is clearly the nation’s deepest conference at this point. Only one team hasn’t either received votes or been ranked – Texas Tech. There was even a week in which seven teams were ranked out of the Big 12. Of course, it helps when it’s the only major conference to play a full double round-robin schedule.
But, it was shocking that TCU was sitting at 13-0 given their 0-18 Big 12 record last year plus a first round exit in Kansas City. The Horned Frogs have a very senior-heavy roster and understand if they have a chance, this is their year. Can TCU honestly contend for a Big 12 championship? No, that’s going to be the usual candidates in Texas, Kansas and Baylor with Iowa State in their also, thanks to the return this year of Georges Niang. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if TCU was able to win more than a few here and there, and get into the top half of the conference by season’s end. While West Virginia fans may even be reading this and saying “we beat them in Fort Worth, so that’s invalid,” that loss that Johnson and his Frogs suffered on Saturday may have been exactly what the doctor ordered.
Kansas State is just pitiful this year. I honestly feel bad for Bruce Weber who played with Frank Martin’s very veteran roster last year, because the Wildcats are extremely young. The K-State roster includes three true freshmen, one redshirt freshman, and three transfers. They lost at Oklahoma State on Saturday,61-47, but I think Weber understands the problems they are going to experience this year. The three seniors that they are carrying shouldn’t be remembered for this season, but rather the success they had under both Martin and Weber. This is just a typical occurrence in a team that not only changes coaching staffs, but coaching styles.
We will finally get to see what Oklahoma State is actually made of, since their only games against quality opponents are a blowout loss at South Carolina, a blowout win at inexperienced Memphis and a loss at home against ranked Maryland. This week, the Cowboys travel to Iowa State before hosting Texas on Saturday.
Texas Tech seems to have slowed down. A lot. The Red Raiders though, may still have a shot – regardless of how long of shot it may be – at making the NCAA Tournament this year. They showed a lot of promise in their conference opener at home against Texas, only falling 70-61. They may have a chance at a win when they host West Virginia Monday night, but it isn’t likely that they’ll win either game this week. Their other game is a trip to the “Phogg” and Allen Fieldhouse to play Kansas.
Iowa State and Kansas will both open conference play this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Week 8 Non-Conference Results:
No. 22 Baylor: W 92-51 vs. Norfolk State
No. 9 Iowa State: W 83-33 vs. Mississippi Valley State; L 64-60 vs. South Carolina (BROOKLYN HOOPS Presents)
No. 13 Kansas: W 78-62 vs. Kent State; W 76-61 vs. UNLV
Kansas State: L 50-46 vs. Georgia
No. 18 Oklahoma: W 61-43 vs. George Mason
Oklahoma State: W 74-72/OT vs. Missouri (Kansas City)
TCU: W 60-40 vs. Tennessee State
No. 11 Texas: W 66-55 vs. Rice
Texas Tech: W 60-45 vs. North Texas
No. 17 West Virginia: W 82-51 vs. Virginia Tech
Week 8 Conference Results:
Oklahoma State 61, Kansas State 47
No. 11 Texas 70, Texas Tech 61
No. 18 Oklahoma 73, No. 22 Baylor 63
No. 17 West Virginia 78, TCU 67
Kurt’s Korner Week 8 Record: 14-2
Kurt’s Korner 2014-15 Record: 85-18
Week 9 Schedule and Picks:
No. 14 West Virginia @ Texas Tech – WVU
No. 16 Oklahoma @ No. 10 Texas – Texas
Oklahoma State @ No. 17 Iowa State – ISU
TCU @ Kansas State – TCU
No. 12 Kansas @ No. 21 Baylor – Kansas
Texas Tech @ No. 12 Kansas – Kansas
No. 21 Baylor @ TCU – Baylor
No. 10 Texas @ Oklahoma State – Texas
Kansas State @ No. 16 Oklahoma – OU
No. 17 Iowa State @ No. 14 West Virginia – ISU